Anonymous
A few days ago, a worker cut a glass to install in a door, and was bleeding from his hands.
He asked help to secure the surface to cut it better. I helped him to secure the glass, and looked if there was blood on it.
There was no blood that I saw, in that area of the glass, but I cannot be 100% certain.
I had no cut or blood in my hand, but I have a lot of anxiety from what happened.
Is there any risk of HIV from that episode?
Looking forwar for your answer. Thank you.
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Anonymous
Hi there, and thanks for contacting the AIDS Vancouver Helpline for your HIV/AIDS related health information. It seems you're concerned about the possibility of HIV transmitting during a specific situation. We're happy to answer that question for you.

This is a no risk situation for a few reasons. First off, it's important to realize that HIV is a very fragile virus that is rendered intransmissible once it is exposed to the air. If there was any blood on that surface containing the virus, it would be intransmissible. Second, it is important to realize that very specific things are required in order for their to be a transmission, as is evident in our transmission equation:
HIV TRANSMISSION EQUATION


BODY FLUID
+
ACTIVITY
+
DIRECT ACCESS TO BLOODSTREAM
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• blood (including menstrual) • unprotected anal or vaginal intercourse • vagina
• semen • sharing needles • anus
• pre-cum • mother to child (in specific cases) • urethra in the penis
• rectal secretions • open cuts and sores (in theory)
• vaginal fluids • other mucosal membranes
• breast milk • points of needle injection
You'll see that required for transfer are a fluid known the be involved in transfer, an activity known to be involved in transfer, and direct access to the bloodstream. If you simply touched blood on a surface, there would be no activity involved in transfer, and certainly no direct access to the bloodstream.

Thanks for contacting the AIDS Vancouver Helpline with your question. We hope it has been answered fully.

Trevor

AIDS Vancouver Online Helpline

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